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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 4:30 am

Senior citizens did the “shimmy shake” and simulated driving moves with their feet to the beat of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” on May 30 in one of many senior-oriented exercise classes offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Afterward, some seniors crossed Miller’s Crossing for an additional workout at the pool in Carl Levin Park.

“The first class was titled ‘Stretch and Go’ and was followed by the second called ‘Texercise’ — named for the program initiative by the Texas State Department on Aging,” said Joyce Mayer, senior activities director.

Ed Taylor of Killeen participated in the physical exercises, then joined the group at the pool but stayed out of the water.

“I’m not going to swim since they said I can’t go in my birthday suit,” he said.

Killeen natives Mary and Thomas Wilson, accompanied by Pearline Armstrong, also took part in the physical exercises but chose not to hit the pool.

Hwa Garney of Nolanville and LaLa Moreno of Killeen performed leg stretching exercises and leg lifts along with a variety of other activities, including beating light sponge “noodles” as if they were drumsticks.

Eight individuals received water aerobic exercise instruction from Jeanette Free, then enjoyed an ice cream social with an assortment of flavors, toppings, nuts and syrup, salty snacks, pretzels, chips and dips.

For more information about senior activities, go to www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/parks or call (254) 953-5657.

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